Evidence-based self-care guidelines for people receiving chemotherapy

L. Lewis, A.M. Williams, M. Athifa, D. Brown, C.A. Budgeon, Alexandra Bremner

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© 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Despite numerous evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) being developed to manage the symptom burden associated with cancer and chemotherapy, there is a paucity of research exploring their efficacy. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of implementing EBGs to reduce the symptom burden and psychological distress of cancer patients requiring outpatient chemotherapy at an acute, tertiary care public hospital in Western Australia. Methods: The study was conducted in 2 populations and stages, using action research to promote change. Stage 1 assessed prevalence; in stage 2, specific EBGs were implemented. Symptom prevalence, severity, and bother were determined at baseline and 1 week and 1 month after initial chemotherapy, to allow comparison between stages. Results: Stage 2 participants did better at managing feeling low (odds ratio, 2.33; 95% confidence interval, 1.47Y3.70; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1-E8
JournalCancer Nursing
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Lewis, L., Williams, A. M., Athifa, M., Brown, D., Budgeon, C. A., & Bremner, A. (2015). Evidence-based self-care guidelines for people receiving chemotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 38(3), E1-E8. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCC.0000000000000154